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The Art of Laughter - Humour in the Golden Age at Frans Halsmuseum [Haarlem]

If the ‘Delft School’ of Vermeer and de Hooch, and the works of Gerard Ter Borch represent two strands in the transformation of Dutch genre painting, the third is provided by Gerrit Dou and his many followers. Godfried Schalcken studied with D
The Game of 'Lady, come into the Garden' ©

As the first of its kind, this exhibition draws upon recent research into the expression of visual humour in seventeenth-century Dutch art. In Godfried Schalcken's lively and intriguing, The Game of 'Lady, come into the Garden', the artist has included himself as the lead character in his own comical scene. He features in the midst of a rather risqué game, semi-undressed and surrounded by his friends. Displayed alongside works by Frans van Mieris the Elder, Jan Miense Molenaer and Jan Steen, the loan from the Royal Collection will contribute to an important exploration of the humorous self-portrait, and the innovative visual wit of Dutch painters. 

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